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Friday, January 21, 2011
More Big Ten Shrine Game buzz

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

The East-West Shrine Game is right around the corner, and our experts have some more thoughts on the practices leading up to Saturday's contest.

Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien continued an impressive week Wednesday, earning some praise in the practice buzz blog Insider.

The Scouts Inc. crew writes: "He put a lot more zip on his passes and the ball was really coming off his hand well. He showed better than expected arm strength."

That's certainly a good sign for Tolzien, who must prove himself physically but has all the tools from the neck up to succeed in the NFL.

Big Ten tight ends Kyle Adams (Purdue) and Charlie Gantt (Michigan State) also made an impression during practice.
Adams did the best job of catching the ball. He is the most consistent route-runner and shows good focus in traffic. Gantt is the best blocker of the three. .... Adams and Gantt have a chance as late-round guys.

Good news for those guys. Adams merited a mention in Tuesday's practice blog Insider for his blocking.

I'll have a full recap how how the Big Ten contingent performed in the Shrine Game on Monday.